Shannon SAR helicopter in long-range operation

Shannon SAR helicopter in long-range operation


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
– Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

An injured fisherman has been airlifted to hospital from a trawler off the Irish coast.

Two Irish Coast Guard search and rescue (SAR) helicopters were involved in the operation which began at around 10.30am today.

The captain of the Irish registered fishing vessel contacted the Irish Coast Guard reporting that a crew member had sustained injuries on board.

At the time, the trawler was 120 nautical miles (220 kilometres) west of Co Kerry while the casualty is understood to be a 52-year-old Egyptian national.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was requested to undertake the mission while Rescue 117 from Waterford was tasked to provide top-cover communications support for the operation. 

Both helicopters refuelled at Kerry Airport before proceeding to the scene.

The injured man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment.

Earlier this month, the Shannon helicopter crew airlifted a man from a Russian factory ship almost 300 kilometres off the Irish coast.

The man sustained burns in an engine room accident was flown to Cork Airport where an ambulance was standing by to take the casualty Cork University Hospital for medical attention.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.